3 Dangers of Ice Dams
Ice dams are a common problem this time of the year. They occur when snow melts off a roof, and as it’s draining it comes in contact with a below freezing part of the roof. This causes the water to freeze, causing an ice dam that prevents future snowmelt from draining properly. If you’ve noticed an ice dam, here are a few potential problems to be aware of.
Cause water back up. One of the biggest problems ice dams cause is water backup. When snow and ice get trapped on your roof and melts, it can cause a major backup. This can put extra weight on your roof, and can even cause the water to penetrate your roof, causing a flood or leak.
Tear off your gutters. The weight of the ice dam on your roof and gutters can be extremely heavy and cause your gutters to break away from your home. Not only is this very dangerous, but it can be expensive to repair.
Damage your shingles. Snow and ice can cause unnecessary weight and be rough on your roof, causing damage to shingles. If shingles are dislodged or chipped, it can cause a major entry point for water to enter your home
Ice dams are a big cause of roof leaks and flooding in the winter. If you’ve noticed an ice dam, it’s important to take steps to remove it to make sure no further damage occurs to your home. If you have experienced flooding or a leak or flooding, don’t wait to call us. We will locate the source of the water, make a plan to stop it, and address any resulting damage.